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Community Groups, Unions Hold May Day Car Caravan Rallies
On International Workers Day, solidarity with essential workers and calls for a “People’s Bailout”
What: May 1st is celebrated around the world as International Workers Day. Vermonters are commemorating the holiday with car caravan rallies around the state. Community organizations and labor unions are organizing caravans to different symbolic sites to show solidarity with essential workers and lift up calls for crisis responses that focus on workers’ health and welfare.
Sponsors of the events include community organizations and labor unions, including (but not limited to): Migrant Justice, Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, Vermont AFL-CIO, AFT-Vermont, Vermont Workers Center, Rural Vermont, 350Vermont, Vermont Interfaith Action, Peace and Justice Center, Community Voices for Immigrant Rights, Rights and Democracy VT, Rights and Democracy NH, Burlington Tenants Union, VT National Lawyers Guild, NH National Lawyers Guild, Upper Valley Interfaith Action, RISE Upper Valley, Champlain Valley DSA, Upper Valley DSA, Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington
The Burlington caravan drove past the following sites, stopping at some, and hearing from organizations representing workers or leading campaigns focused on each site:
UVM Medical Center: Solidarity with Healthcare Workers! Healthcare is a Human Right! (Vermont Workers Center and the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals)
Edmunds Middle School: No Layoffs! Fund our Schools! (Members of Vermont-NEA)
City Market: Workers’ Lives Are Worth More! (UE Local 203)
Handy's Property Rental: Food Not Rent! (Burlington Tenants Union)
Vermont Department of Labor: Rebuild through a Green New Deal! (Vermont AFL-CIO)
Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility: Free Them All! (Black Lives Matter of Greater Burlington)
Hannaford Supermarket: Solidarity with all Food Workers! Hannaford: Join Milk with Dignity! (Migrant Justice and Rural Vermont)
1 Friday May 8, 2020 at 10:00 PM 2 Saturday May 9, 2020 at 3:00 AM 3 Saturday May 9, 2020 at 9:00 AM 4 Saturday May 9, 2020 at 4:00 PM 5 Sunday May 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM 6 Tuesday May 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM 7 Thursday May 14, 2020 at 1:30 PM 8 Saturday May 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM 9 Monday July 6, 2020 at 9:30 PM 10 Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 2:30 AM 11 Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 8:30 AM
This election season is looking pretty different isn’t it? One great thing is that more and more people are showing interest and investment in the political process and it is likely we will see some large turnout at the ‘polls’ this August 11 and November 3 - even if the polls are voting by mail!